All around the world, COVID-19 has people staying home under self-quarantine. Days stretch into one another and we somehow lose all track of time. Sleep isn’t easy to come by and sometimes we forget about normal routines. Sometimes, we don’t even get out of our pajamas until noon. For those who are typically gym nuts, walking, running or swimming have become the new exercises of choice. Luckily for us, today’s top watch brands offer a host of functions in their timepieces that can help us out during isolation. Here, we take a look at the top 10 watches to stay at home with.
Tudor Heritage Advisor – $6,060
Sister brand to Rolex, Tudor has been making watches since 1926. This nearly 100-year history makes it a go-to timepiece for many a watch lover. We like the Tudor Heritage Advisor as one of our top 10 watches to stay home with because it has a great function built into it: an alarm. This 42mm automatic steel and titanium watch features an alarm on/off indication window. One needs only set the alarm — using the red arrow hand — via the crown at 2:00 on the case. Then, using the pusher at 4:00, turn the alarm function on. This useful alarm feature can help remind you when you have to start cooking dinner or make a dreaded run to the grocery store.
Alpina AlpinerX -$995
Never leave yourself without a connection, especially when you are taking those long lonely walks. This Alpina AlpinerX connected watch features five sensors on the dial and case and can tell you everything you need to know about your activity levels. It can also track your altitude … just in case you’re scaling a mountain. Other useful functions include a barometer, temperature indication, and the much-needed compass so you don’t get lost. Of course, it also offers call and message notifications. It is water resistant to 100 meters in case you plan to jump in a lake to cool off.
Junghans Force Mega Solar – $1,490
This highly precise and considerably cool ceramic Junghans Force Mega Solar watch makes our Top 10 watches to stay at home with list because you never need to worry about the battery running down or the mechanics faltering. This watch combines radio technology with solar power to ensure 100 percent reliable timekeeping. If you’re staying indoors, you can just leave it on a windowsill to charge it up quickly. Thanks to the solar energy, you are also being eco-friendly. After 72 hours it goes into sleep mode until you wake it up again, thereby ensuring 21 months of power reserve. It is also crafted in scratch-resistant matt ceramic.
Let’s face facts: if you’re worried about having COVID-19, you may want to be able to time your heartbeat so you can let your doctor know what the rate is when you get on that teleconference with him or her. This limited edition Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch is the perfect doctor’s watch – graduated for 30 pulsations. To calculate heart rate, you use the chronograph to start timing in conjunction with the scale on the outer edge of the dial. Simply start the chronograph timer and count the beats until you get to 30. Stop the timer and your heart rate is shown on the scale in beats per minute. Besides helping you figure out your heart rate, you’ll look pretty professional with this particular complicated watch.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bi-Compass – $3,900
Part of our Top 10 Watches to stay home with, this Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Bi-Compass watch is for those times you are defying the isolation orders and taking a long walk in a state park, for instance. Got a little turned around? No problem. This automatic watch offers a highly legible Compass points feature. A great navigation tool, too, if you are sailing your boat on the open water because the ceramic watch is water resistant to 100 meters.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar – $60,900
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar makes our Top 10 watches to stay home with list because it is guaranteed to help you remember not only what time it is, but also what day of the week it is, the date, and even the phases of the moon. Audemars Piguet is a master at creating perpetual calendar watches and this one is chocked with functions that even include a leap year display and a week indicator – a useful function in Europe and other parts of the world. The elegant blue dial of this automatic watch features the brand’s Tapisserie pattern for added allure.
Eberhard & CO. Chrono 4 Grande Taille – $6,510
One of the most easily identifiable watches, this Eberhard Chrono Chrono 4 Grande Taille is a chronograph watch that is used to time events or intervals of time– such as how long it takes your kids to do their homework during this home-schooling time frame. This one is unlike most chronographs because it has four counters lined up horizontally across the dial – making for very easy reading of the time elapsed. The brand has a patent on the four counters devise used in this automatic movement. Just think how much fun you and your family will have using this stopwatch when doing mundane chores.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time
Going a little stir crazy staying home and looking to call your friends all around the world? This platinum Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time watch will not leave you wondering what time it is in other parts of the world. It offers a world time indication, map of the world, and 24-time zone indication in addition to hours and minutes. Even better, it houses a constantly moving tourbillon escapement (that compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the watch is in certain positions on the wrist) that gives you something to look at during idle moments.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Skeleton – $1,250
Another great watch to stay home with is the Hamilton Jazzmaster Skeleton because you can spend hours studying the highly visible automatic movement that powers this watch. It may even get you thinking about a new career in watchmaking when COVID-19 is over. Crafted in steel, the movement offers 40 hours of power reserve, meaning once it is fully wound, you don’t need to rewind it for 40 hours if you put it down for a day or so.
RALPH LAUREN STIRRUP LARGE CHRONOGRAPH – $58,500
This watch makes the Top 10 watches to stay home with list because it fulfills the “why not?” category. After all, we can all dream big and if diamonds are in your dreams, this 38.5mm diamond-adorned Stirrup Large Chronograph watch will dazzle you. Besides, it’s wistful and has us dreaming of horseback riding in the mountains.
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.